TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. III
Aug 1842 - Aug 1870
In the name of God Amen. I Charles Bell of the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee do make and publish this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made.
First. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any monies that I may die possessed of, or may first come into the hands of my executors.
Secondly. I give and bequeath to my five grand children, orphans of my son Micajah Bell deceased fifty dollars to be equally divided among them & to be paid them by my Executors.
Thirdly. I give and bequeath to my son Zachariah Bell one negro boy named George, also one cow and calf, one horse called Bob and many things too tedious to mention, which I loaned him. I now release and do give them to him and his heirs forever.
Fourthly. I give & bequeath to my daughter Mary Bell one negro girl named Martha and her child named Daniel & her future increase also one bed & furniture, one cow and calf and certain young horse called Peter, one saddle and bridle, to her and the heirs of her body and if she should die without heirs the same shall revert to my son Benjamin Bell and his heirs forever.
Fifthly. I give & bequeath to my son Benjamin Bell a certain negro boy named Wyatt also Phillis and her three youngest children named Mary, Jane, and Angelina, also one hundred and fifty acres of land lying in Critenden County in the State of Kentucky on the waters of Hurricane Creek adjoining of the lands of George Winders, also one horse called Driver, one saddle & bridle, one bed and furniture and one cow and calf. Also my household and kitchen furniture, also the stock of every description, plantation utensils, also my tools of every description, also one hundred and forty four acres and a fraction of land being the place where I now live, but if my wife should choose to live on it after my decease he shall permit her to do so. Also it is my wish that my son Benjamin Bell should keep his sisters Martha and Mary with him.
Sixthly. I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha Bell one negro man named Archie, one bed and furniture, one cow and calf, one horse called Bill with a saddle and bridle, one wh? and pair of cards to her and the heirs of her body and if she should die without heirs the same shall revert to my son Benjamin Bell and his lawful heirs forever.
Lastly. I do nominate and appoint my son Benjamin Bell and Mark Senter my Executors. In witness whereof I do to this my last will set my hand and seal this 24th day of Jany 1844. Charles Bell (Seal)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we herein subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator.
Joseph W. Harrell
State of Tennessee, Sumner County - The last Will & Testament of Charles Bell was this day produced in open Court for probate & was duly proved by the oaths of Jos. W. Harell & Allen Barber subscribers thereto and ordered to be recorded.
The above is a copy test - Wm. S. Munday, Clerk
*This will had no date for the Court Term. The will before this one was March Term 1845, and the will after this one is April Term 1845.